aerie update

It’s been awhile, but stopped by to see how the young bald eagle was progressing…. it looked like mom had just finished having dinner with the young sprout and then it was time to check out the new wings. How wonderful to see him (her?) show off the beginnings of flight. How amazing to be a witness to this marvelous event.
(click on an image for a closer look and slideshow, as usual)

A constant image [in myths] is that of the conflict of the eagle and the serpent. The serpent bound to the earth, the eagle in spiritual flight – isn’t that conflict something we all experience? And then, when the two amalgamate, we get a wonderful dragon, a serpent with wings. 
― Joseph CampbellThe Power of Myth

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37 thoughts on “aerie update

    • I’ve been far too busy to stop by to see how she’s doing. I’m afraid she’ll fly off and be much harder to catch at the nest. But I about swooned when I caught the above.

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  1. For those who don’t take the time to get out into nature, these are the precious moments that are missed. So glad you are getting to see this firsthand Gunta and sharing it with us. 🙂

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    • You’re lucky enough to catch more moments like this, but I’m sure you can relate to the joy and excitement of being there for them. It’s been utterly marvelous!

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    • Junior was doing just fine. I’ve read that they do quite a bit of these jumps before they’re finally ready for that first flight. It would be a thrill to actually catch that, but don’t know how likely it would be.

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    • Thanks, Sylvia. I think my favorite shot was the 3rd one where the wings are up and the “hairy” (erm… feathered) legs are hanging down ready to snatch the branch. That one looks so comical.

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      • Eagles do tend to stay around the nest more than most birds do, it is their home base for lack of a better term. Even the young one will hang around with the adults for over a year or more, depending on if it is male or female.

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  2. This is wonderful! It appears the eaglet is lifting up and down from the same branch… love the one with ‘mom’ looking on.

    The Eagles blessed you with the gift of these moments; knowing you would share them with the rest of us Unfeathered Ones.

    Thank you Gunta!

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    • Yep, the eaglet just lifted up a little bit on that same branch several times. Never any higher than in any of the shots. Mom was in the nest eating when I arrived. I imagine little eaglet was, too, but both heads were mostly below the rim of the nest so not much to see. Then mom flew up to that higher branch. She never gave me any warning so I didn’t catch the flight, but then she just sat there watching the attempts at flight below her. I feel entirely blessed indeed! You are so very welcome! 😀

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